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Posted July 11, 2012
Evanthe is like any other necromancer – she wants to be respected for her craft, fall in love and have a comfortable home to go to every night. She has the falling in love part crossed off her list, at least on her side, and the comfortable home part. For now. She’s still working on the respect for her craft.
Morrow, a reclusive necromancer who saved her from the series of foster homes she had been enduring, is having trouble seeing her as anything but the seventeen year old girl he took in years ago. He is her mentor and believes that is where their relationship should end. At least, that’s what he says. As the danger in their lives increase, so does the heat driving their relationship.
Naomi Clark has written a novella that has the making of a good series. Evanthe is young, still in training, and willful. She also has strong necromancy skills. These things could get her into some interesting trouble in the future.
The Necromancer’s Apprentice is well written and the characters are for the most part well developed. One exception for me is Morrow, Evanthe’s mentor. I wanted more from him but I might be asking for too much from a novella. My first question about him is his age. Multiple times in the book he refers to the age difference between him and Evanthe, but it is not clearly spelled out what that difference is. I would have like to have learned more about his work and dig a little deeper into his secrets. I am hoping that there is a sequel out there that will give me the answers. Also, Evanthe struck me as a dichotomy. On one hand, she wants to be treated as an equal, yet she looks to Morrow in most situations to rescue her. I would love to see her toughen up a little bit. She can raise the dead so she must have a deep well of strength inside of her.
I thank the author for a review copy and I give the novella four stars.
Posted March 26, 2012
A fabulous and quick read!
I’ve read several books from Naomi Clark. She definitely flew to the top of my favorites and automatic lists. And this story, The Necromancer’s Apprentice, is no exception. Novella in length, but that’s about it. There is a ton of story within these sixty-something pages!
Evanthe (beautiful and unique name, by the way!) is twenty years old and living with Morrow, who is a mix between guardian, mentor, and the man who sparks her heart. She’s had a hard life, bumped from foster home to foster home. Living with Morrow is the first time in her life she’s ever felt at home. And she and Morrow, well, they practice Necromancy! Necromancy, in case you don’t know, is the art of communicating with the dead. Creepy, right? Well, Naomi does such a beautiful job with this story, that even when there are rotting body parts around, you don’t feel creeped out at all. Or, if you are like me and love a good spooky story, then this is perfect for you!
“He’d taken her in, convinced her there was nothing wrong with her. The first person that made her feel valued, when all her life people had been determined to make her feel abnormal.”
Morrow is seemingly the strong silent type, wrestling with himself between what he thinks he should do and what he wants to do where Evanthe is concerned. But she is not a teen anymore, and he has feelings for her. I was hoping and waiting for him to make a move, to set my anxiety to rest! I think these two have some real flair, and I would love to see a full length story about them!
Now don’t get me wrong, this isn’t just about romance. You are dealing with some heavy duty magic, demonology, The Hand of Glory, zombies…. Yep, zombies!!!!!! Evanthe and Morrow are fighting to save themselves from several onslaughts, and it’s them against the world. There’s the Guild, and then there’s Natasha – Morrow’s nasty ex! Oooh, I really don’t like her!! Oh, and theres zombies…. Yep, zombies!!!!!!!
I have nothing but wild praise for this book, and I can’t wait to read more! You got some romance, some heroic behavior, a great mystery, and hmmmm, what else? Oh yeah, zombies!!!!!!!!!!